We were absolutely delighted to hear that OV Jemima Moss (Ch 13-20 and King’s St Alban’s) has been selected for the England Rugby U20s squad – and recently secured her first cap!
Jemima has been an avid rugby player since she was six years old and made history at King’s St Alban’s as the first girl to ever be part of the rugby team. An A team player, Jemima represented King’s St Alban’s in both the U11 and U12s, after which she had to play for a girls’ team.
At King’s Worcester, Jemima also excelled in Hockey and was a member of the 1st team, as well as Head of House. However, rugby remained Jemima’s true love, and she recalls the support King’s provided all the way through, adding, “Even in sixth form, I would be practicing my kicking in the Sports Hall with the coaches!”
Talking about her selection, Jemima said, “Playing for England has always been my dream. To get chosen to trial for England U20’s in August and then for both trials to take place at Malvern College, pretty much home ground for me, was incredibly exciting!
“Since the trials, we have had training camps every month. In October we had an unbelievable opportunity to play New Zealand Black Ferns on their tour over here. Unfortunately, due to injury, I was ruled out of playing this game, but I was still able to be a part of the match squad and be involved in the camp. It was an incredible opportunity meeting the likes of Portia Woodman, one I will never forget.
“Our November camp involved playing South Africa whilst they were in England on tour for the Autumn Internationals. My England (U20’s) Debut! I came on at half time and it was amazing. It is an incredible privilege putting on the England shirt and singing the national anthem for the first time (a capella!). We now look forward to preparing for our next fixtures; Scotland in March and France U20’s home and away in March/April.”
In addition to her England camp commitments, Jemima is in her first year of studying for her degree in Sports, Exercise and Health Science at the University of Birmingham. She is also still training with, and playing for, Worcester Warriors Women – and keep your eyes out for the game on Saturday 27th November as Jemima might be playing.
Foundation Director of Sport, Jonny Mason (Hon OV), added: “Fantastic to see Jemima achieve this honour after working so hard through her time at King’s and with Worcester Warriors over the years!”
Congratulations Jemima on an incredible achievement and we look forward to seeing your rugby career continue to go from strength to strength!